A monthlong undercover drug investigation by Cullman police led to the arrest of a man on several felony charges and the seizure of $59,000 and the newly illegal drug, Kratom.
Officers Chris Thomason and Justin Craft conducted the investigation of a Jet Pep employee selling Kratom from the Fourth Street Southwest gas station. Police said undercover officers purchased the drug from Mohammed Hizam Nasser Ali, 24, on multiple occasions.
On Thursday, when Cullman city investigators discovered money used to make the drug buys after executing two search warrants at Cullman Village Apartments on Ward Avenue and the gas station. Ali was taken into custody during the first search at an apartment, and Cullman police charged him with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators seized more 200 packages of Kratom, a controlled substance recently banned by the Alabama Legislature, along with $2,000 in cash and a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Authorities said they witnessed the vehicle being used to commit a crime during the undercover investigation.
Police then executed a second search warrant at the Jet Pep where they found more Kratom and seized $57,000 in cash.
After consulting with Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock the following day, police charged Ali with five counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and five counts of attempt to commit a controlled substance crime.
Ali was being held in the Cullman County Detention Center, with his bond to be set by the District Court.
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity can contact Cullman Police Department at 256-775-7170.